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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 8, 1907)
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ABUSE OF INDOORS.
We Rely Too Much on tho Protection
of Our Houccs.
llousos wore miulo for shelter, not
fr I'oiifliH'ineiit: for freedom, not re
st mint. They wore Intended to cnlnrj;u
riir sphere of activities, iiol to dlinin
They foxt"r the fiunlly ami make
wi?reHH possible, but we nlioultl not
itfiuso their protection. We have crawl
ed away Into their Mtill and coniforta
We recedes, slept In tholr dry, clean
thitmhers, toasted ourselves over their
tficlterc! fires, read by their nnlllcker
tag lights and eaten from their bountb
fcil honnlfi ho long that wo nre grown
imle, timid, peevish and thankless
Vu have kept ourselves away from
Rio wind and the sun and the Inshlng
rain, from tho feel of the earth under
foot and tin House of the leaves and
ntura overhead until we no longer know
tfic keen and Hlinple Joys of being
alive. We have Hot up barrier against
Hie Inclemency of nature ami cowered
tecfore Iter severe austerity until now
we linve forgotten how Indispensable
J nil her kindly nurture, how tonic her
nigged ways, how full or solace her
Houses were only made to live In
when It is too cold or too hot or too
wot to live out of doors. Any other time
Ait 4- P flrwtK.i In linuf tV lttt 1lf fT
doors for n month is 'better than n trip'
tt Europe. Bliss Carman In Crafts
Facts About Building Stone.
Almost everybody knows the rule of
io unisons that stone used in build
lag should be so placed that it will lie
w It lay In its natural bed when quar
ried. But Francis W. Iloyt In the En
gineering News says that tills familiar
rale Is not always to bo depended upon
Mid needs In many cases to be supple
mented with other precautions. There
ire three planes of fracture known to
qunrrymeti. The rift is tho direction
Wi which the stone splits most easily,
.tbc grain that which Is next easiest,
the bead that which offers the greatest
resistance. In n paving block the two
sides represent the rift fracture, the
top nnd bottom the grain and tho onds
the head. But in n quarry the tintural
lcd Is sometimes considerably Inclined
to tho plane of the rift; hence the Im
perfection of the ordinary rule for plac
ing the stone In building.
St. Augustine, Fla., founded by the
Spaniards In 1&G4, Is generally said to
lie the oldest European settlement
within the present limits of the United
States, but some twenty or thirty
years earlier Coromulo, tho Spanish
onqucror and explorer, lending an ex
pedition from the City of Mexico north
ward, had founded some sort of a
Spnnlsh colony at the ancient Indian
village of Ysleta, iu El Paso county,
Tex. Iu the southwest It Is therefore
clnimed that Ysleta Is the oldest Euro
pcun settlement iu the United States.
St. Louis Itcpuhllc.
NEW YEAR'S IN THE ORIENT
The Greetings and tho Presents
China and Japan.
The most wonderful ceremonies con
nected with the new year occur In Chl
nn and Japan. A Chinese city preseuta
n busy and attractive spectacle on
New Yenr's day. The streets nre
thronged with people dressed In gala
attire. The mandarins are known by
tho red, blue, white and gilt balls on
their caps. Gentlemen of rank and
wealth are carried in palanquins. When
friends moot they greet each other
with "Kimg-hi: Kung-hir which
means, "l respectfully wish you Joy."
But Instead of shaking hands iu the
American fashion each grasps his own
hands, lifts thorn as high as his chin
and with a swooping motion throws
them down as low as possible, bend
ing tho body at the same time. Tills
is the mode of salutation among the
Chinese. At tho dawn of Now Year's
day the visits of congratulation begin,
and New Year's gifts me sent to par
ticular friends, always accompanied by
a visiting ticket or rod paper, on which
are written the name of the donor and
a list of the presents sent. Those con
sist usually of silks, line tea, sweet
meats, ornaments of personal wear,
toys and souvenirs of various kinds.
In Japan the custom is to send letter
on rice paper to those In distant places,
conveying the formal expression of tho
Now Year's greetings. Presents of
cooked rice, roasted peas, oranges and
Ugs are offered to every one. Ieslle's
A theological student supposed to be
dotlclont In Judgment was asked by n
professor In tho course of a class ex
amination: "Pray, Mr. E., how would you dis
cover a fool?''
"By the questions ho would ask,"
was tho rather stunning reply. Phila
Don't Grow Stale!
Many a man bewails his lack of suc
cess Iu life after ho hat permitted him
self to get Into a rut. Whllo drenmlut;
f success he has been ns blind ns a
bat nud slower than two snails, no
blocked his own way. Manchester
(Coiitiimeil from Pago I hreo.)
pored something In her ear. Again
the sensation of futility mid vexation
filled him; again he realized how pal
pable was the place she bold In the
world. Thou, ns his feelings reached
their height and speech seemed forced
upon him, a small man with a round
face, catching a glimpse of Kve, dart
ed from a circle of people gathered In
one of the windows nnd came quickly
toward them. With an unjust touch
of Irritation ho recognized Lord Brani
fell. Again the sense of Eve's aloofness
stung him as their host approached.
Iu another moment she would bo lost
to him among this throng of strangers
claimed by them as by right.
"Eve," he said Involuntarily and un
der his breath.
She half paused and turned toward
him. "Yes?" she snld, nnd he wonder
ed if It was his Imngluntion that made
the word sound slightly eager.
"About that mntter of Blcsslngton,"
he began; then ho stopped. Brnmfcll
hnd rcnehed thorn.
Tho little man came up smiling nnd
with nn outstretched hand. "Thcre'B
no pennlty for separating husband nnd
wife, Is there, Mrs. Chilcoto? How are
you, Chllcote?" He turned from one I
;ho 0J,e!; wlth the, qu,ctk' ??
mnnnnr thnt nlwnys characterized him.
Lodcr turned aside to hide his vexa
tion, but Eve greeted their host with
or usunl self poswessed smile
"You nro cmnpt from all penalties
tonight," she snld. Then t-he turned to
greet tho members of his party who
hnd strolled ncross from tho whitlow
In his wake.
As she moved aside Bramfoll looked
at Lodcr. "Well, Chllcote, have you
dipped Into tho future yet?" he nsked
with a laugh.
Lodcr echoed the laugh, but snld ,
nothing. Iu bis uncertainty at the
question he reverted to his old re
Foureo of silence.
Brum fell raised his eyebrows.
"What!" ho snld. "Don't tell mo that
my sister-in-law hnsn't engaged you
as a victim." Then he turned In
Eve's direction. "You've heard of our
new departure, Mrs. Chllcote?"
Eve looked round from the lively
group by which sho was surrounded.
"Lillian's crystal gazing? Why, of
course!" she said. "She should make
n very beautiful seer. We arc nil quite
Bramfoll pursed up his lips. "She
has a very beautiful tent at the end
of the conservatory. It took five men
as many days to rig It up. We could
not hear ourselves talk for hammer
ing. My wife said It made her feel
quite philanthropic, It reminded her so
much of a charity bazaar."
Everybody laughed, and at the same
ni"" 'nt Blessington came quhkly
n. tho room and joined the group.
"Hello!" he said. "Anybody scou
Witcheston? He's next on my list for
the crystal business."
Again the whole party laughed, and
Bramfoll, stopping forward, touched
Blesslngton's arm In mock seriousness.
"Witcheston Is playing bridge, like
n sensible ninii," he said. "Leave him
In peace, Bobby."
Blessington made a comical grimace.
"But I'm working this on commercial
principles," he said. "I keep tho list,
names ami hours complete, and Lady
Astrupp gazes In blissful Ignorance ns
to who her victims are. The whole
tiling Is great, simple and statistical."
"Eor goodness' sake, Bobby, shut
up!" 1 tram fell's round eyes were
twinkling with amusement.
"But my system"
"Systems! Ah, wo all had them -when
we were as young as you are!"
"And they all had (laws. Bobby,"
Eve broke In. "We were always find
ing gaps that had to be filled up. Never
mind about Lord Witcheston. Got a
MilKtltuto. It won't count If Lillian
Blessington wavered as she spoke.
His eyes wandered round the party
and again rested on Brnmfcll.
"Not me. Bobby! Heniember, I've
breathed crystals practically lived on
them- for the last week. Now, there's
Chllcote"-- Again Ills eyes i winkled.
All eyes wore turned on Lodcr,
though one or two strayed surrepti
tiously to Eve. She, seeming sensltlva
to the position, laughed quickly.
"A very good Idea!" she said. "Who
wants to see the future If not a poli
tician?" Loder glanced from her to Blessing
ton. Then, with n very feminine Im
pulse, she settled tho matter beyond
"Please uso your authority, Bobby,"
she said. "Ami when you've got him
safely under canvas como back to mo.
It's years since we've had a talk." Sho
nodded and smiled, then Instantly turn
ed to Bramfoll with some trivial re
mark. Tor a second Lodcr waited: then,
with a movement of resignation, ho
laid Ills hand on Blesslngton's arm.
"Very well," ho said. "But, If my fate
Is black, witness It was my wife who
sent me to It." His faint pauso on tho
word wife, tho mention of tho word it
solf in tho presence of these people,
had a savor of recklessness. Tho small
dlscomtlturo of his earlier slip vanish
ed before It. He expcrlonccd a strong
reaction of confidence In his luck.
With a cool head, a steady step and n
friendly pressure of the lingers on
Blesslngton's arm, he allowed himself
to be drawn ncross the reception rooms,
through the long corridors and down
the broad flight of steps that led to tho
The conservatory was a feature of
the Bramfoll town house, and to Lodcr
It came as something wonderful and
unlookod for, with Its clustering green
brunches, Its slight, unoppresslvo
Bconts, Its temperately pleasant atmos
phere. He felt no wish to speak ns,
still guided by Blessington, ho passed
down the shadowy paths that In tho
half light had the warmth and mystery
of a southern garden. Here and thcro
from tho darkness enmo tho whisper
ing of n voice or the sound of n laugh,
bringing with it the necessary touch of
life. Otherwise the plnce was still.
Absorbed by the air of solitude, con
trnstlng so remarkably with the nolrie
nnd crowded glitter left behind In the
reception rooms, he had moved half
way down tho long green nlslo boforo
tho business In band came buck to him
with a sudden sense of annoyance. It
seemed so paltry to mar tho quiet of
tho place with the absurdity of a side
show. He turned to Blcsslngton with
n touch of abruptness.
"What urn I expected to do?" he
Blcsslngton looked up, surprised.
"Why, I thought, sir" he begnn; then
he Instantly altered his tone. "Oh,
Just enter Into the spirit of the thing.
Ludy Astrupp won't put much strain
on your credulity, but she'll make A
big call on your solemnity." Ho laugh
ed. no had nn Infectious laugh, nnd Lo
dor responded to It.
"But what am 1 to do?" he porlstcI.
"Oh, nothing. Being tho prlcttess, sho
naturally demands acolytes, bu' she'll,
let you know that she holds th prior j
place. Tho tent Is so fixed that sho.
sees nothing beyond your ' i '. so
there's absolutely no d'd1 He
laughed once more. " "ilv
ho lowered his voIno -iis
steps. "Here we arc," he whispered
in pretended awe.
At the end of the path tho space wid
ened to the full breadth of tho conserv
atory. Tho light was dimmer, giving
an added Impression of distance; away
to the left Loder heard the sound of
splashing water, and on his right hand
ho caught his first glimpse of the tent
Unit was his goal.
It was au artistic little structure a
pavilion formed of silky fabric thnt
showed bronze in tho light of nn orien
tal lamp that hung above its entrance.
As they drew closer a man emerged
from It. He stood for n moment In
uncertainty, looking about him; then,
catching sight of them, ho came for
"By George," he exclaimed, "it's as
dark as limbo iu there! 1 didn't seo
you at first. But I say, Blessington,
It's a beastly shame to have that thun
dercloud barrier shutting off tho sor
ceress. If sho gazes at tho crystal,
mayn't wo have something to gaze at
Blcsslngton laughed. "You want too
much, Galltry," ho said. "Lady As
trupp understands the value of the un
attainable. Come along, sir!" he added
to Loder, drawing him forward with
an energetic pressure of the arm.
Loder responded, and ns he did so n
flicker of curiosity touched his mind
for the first time. lie wondered for
an Instant who this woman was who
aroused so much comment. And with
the speculation came the remembrance
of how she had assured Chllcote that
on one point at least ho was liivulnor
sible. Ho had spoken then from tho
height of a past experience nn expe
rience so fully passed that he wonder
ed now If It had been as staple a guar
antee as he had then believed. Man's
capacity for outliving is astonishingly
I complete. The long ago Incident In the
J Italian mountains had faded, like a
crayon study in which the tones have
I merged avid gradually lost character.
I The past, had paled before tho present,
ns golden hair might palo before black.
I The simile came with apparent irrele
vance. Then again Blessington pressed
"Now, sir!" ho said, drawing away
and lifting tho curtain that hung before
the entrance of the tent.
Lodcr looked at the amused, boyish
face lighted by the hanging lamp and
smiled pleasantly; then, with a shrug
of the shoulders, ho entered the pa
vilion, and tho curtain fell behind him.
TO be continued.
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